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Texas Tech to host commencement ceremonies Friday, Saturday

(Source: Texas Tech University) (Source: Texas Tech University)

Information courtesy of Texas Tech

Texas Tech University will host spring commencement ceremonies Friday (May 18) and Saturday (May 19) at the United Supermarkets Arena, located at 1701 Indiana Ave. A total of 4,313 undergraduate and graduate students will walk the stage. 

“Commencement provides us the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our students.  It's also an opportunity to convey our appreciation for their contributions to our university while they made Texas Tech University their home during their academic careers,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “Graduation is also an opportunity to acknowledge the important role that family, faculty and staff have played in supporting these students.”

Ceremonies can be viewed online via livestream.  

On Friday, the 3 p.m. ceremony features the College of Arts & Sciences and the 7 p.m. ceremony features the Graduate School.

The 9 a.m. ceremony on Saturday features the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, University Programs, Wind Energy and the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.

The ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday features the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, College of Education, College of Architecture, Honors College, College of Human Sciences and the College of Media & Communication.


Jason Jenkins, a graduate of Texas Tech and Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs for the Miami Dolphins football club, will serve as the speaker for the spring 2018 commencement ceremonies. 

About Jason Jenkins:
Jenkins earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the College of Media & Communication in 1997 and has worked in the communications field in the National Football League since 2002. In 2017, Jenkins was selected as a College of Media & Communication Outstanding Alumni Award winner.

Banner Bearers:
Outstanding students, chosen based on their all-around achievement, will carry banners representing their colleges. The banner bearers are:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Kaden Hicks, agricultural and applied economics
  • College of Architecture: Lean Hatim Fathi, architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Miranda Lyn Dominick, Spanish
  • College of Education: Lindsay Lorraine Teweleit, multidisciplinary studies
  • College of Human Sciences: Jodie Lockeby, human sciences
  • College of Media & Communication: Alana Krafsur, public relations
  • J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts: Maria Isabel Alvarado, art
  • Graduate School: Kyle Gilliam, doctor of philosophy, agricultural communications and education

Honors College:
Friday

  • 3 p.m. ceremony: Farah Fayzah Mechref, biochemistry

Saturday 

  • 9 a.m. ceremony: Arianna Avalle, marketing
  • 2 p.m. ceremony: Mary George Girgis, honors arts and letters
  • Jerry S. Rawls College of Business: Kaitlin Frances York, marketing
  • University Programs: Jazirae M. Duncan, wind energy
  • Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering: Hattie Schunk, chemical engineering
  • Honor Students

The highest-ranking spring graduates for each college/program are:

College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Jacy Kane Cabler, agricultural communications; Paisley Shea Cooper, agricultural communications; Kaden Hicks, agricultural and applied economics; Cole Thomas Perkins, animal science; Garrett Layne Scitern, interdisciplinary agriculture
College of Architecture: Lean Hatim Fathi, architecture
College of Arts & Sciences: Heather Anne Aikman, general studies; Sabiha Armin, biology; Allison Mauro Baas, kinesiology; Laxmi Ayushi Chintakayala, cell and molecular biology; Andrew Lee Davis, general studies; Lourdes Delgado, kinesiology; Jeremy Vo Doan, microbiology; Miranda Lyn Dominick, Spanish; Kaitlyn Marie Garrison, English; Asher Kodankandathil George, microbiology; Alexis Gomez, mathematics; Chandler Jade Gordon, political science; Christopher Quang Le, microbiology; Avery Alexander Lee, sports management; Courtney Rose Longway, psychology; Krissandra Elizabeth Meeker, social work; Marisol Mendoza, anthropology; Amanda Caitlyn Miller, biochemistry; Michael Lane Moore, kinesiology; Michele Kaylee Moore, anthropology; Victor Lee Moore, global studies;Lauren Helen Pert, biology; Haley Danielle Russell, Spanish; Gabriel Seth Saucedo, economics; Robyn Illene Tapp, biochemistry
College of Education: Stephanie Marie Clemens, multidisciplinary studies; Lindsay Lorraine Teweleit, multidisciplinary studies
College of Human Sciences: Kiley M. Ervine, human development and family studies; Jennifer C. Jones, human development and family studies; Jodie Lockeby, human sciences; Lindy N. Medlin, family and consumer sciences; Elaina M. Nixon, human development and family studies; Emily E. Ratterree, early childhood; Emily K. Wagner, nutrition; Sarah G. Wright, family and consumer science 
College of Media & Communication: Alana Krafsur, public relations; Meredith Caudle, advertising; Breck Faught, advertising; Bianca Baylon, communication studies; Marcos Rubio, electronic media and communications; Makenzie Means, public relations
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts: Maria Isabel Alvarado, art; Griffith Ross Kimball, music; Devin W. Ratheal, art
Honors College: Mary George Girgis, honors arts and letters; Samatha Anne Espino, honors arts and letters 
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business: Bailey Kay Allen, marketing; Arianna Avalle, marketing; Emily Caroline Curry, marketing; Opuriche Ifunanya Duruoha Ihemebiri, accounting; Riley Kay Earnest, marketing; Katharine Grace Glasscock, management information systems; Maria Del Carmen Guerrero, accounting; Chandler Glenn Priest, accounting; Branson Younglee Roberts, management information systems; Carrie Allison Smith, supply chain management; Kaycie Irene Knowles, finance; Kaitlin Frances York, marketing; Marigrace Hite Zaruba, accounting; Shelby Erin Zumwalt, marketing and management
University Programs: Lyssa Jo Bell, university studies; Roy Warren Johns, university studies; Nicholas Jon Rengstorf, wind energy; Carter Michael Westmoreland, wind energy 
Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering: Saleh Asadallahi, computer science; Teegan D. Duong, computer science; Austin J. Eubank, computer science; Ryan J. Gavlas, petroleum engineering; Nils A. Griswold-Steiner, computer science; Roy T. Hohl, petroleum engineering; Aidan Kidd, electrical engineering; Tyler W. Klein, electrical engineering; Orion J. Koepke, computer science; Jackson B. Miller, computer science; Logan J. Murdy, mechanical engineering; Dylan L. Schneider, mechanical engineering; Hattie Schunk, chemical engineering; Mackenzie K. Steckbeck, chemical engineering; Merisa D. Stoner, chemical engineering; Christopher D. Vasquez, computer science; Tristian Ybarra, civil engineering

Reception Information
(Immediately following respective ceremonies)

College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Animal and Food Sciences building, room 101
College of Architecture: Architecture Gallery
College of Arts & Sciences: Holden Hall, foyer area of room 104
College of Education: College of Education first floor staircase
College of Human Sciences: Human Sciences building, El Centro
College of Media & Communication: Student Union Building, Matador Room
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts: Holden Hall, rotunda
Graduate School: United Supermarkets Arena, City Bank room
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business: Rawls College of Business, McCoy Atrium
University Programs: Student Union Building, Red Raider Lounge
Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering: 101 Livermore Center
Wind Energy: Student Union Building, Red Raider Lounge
Reception Information
(prior to ceremony)

Honors College: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 17) Student Union Building, Allen Theatre

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